August 5, 2017

DEA Proposes Cutting Production of Opioid Pain Killers But No Word on People That Legally Need Them

 "Opium is only a Puppy"

No body can accuse the Trump Administration of not coming out with solutions with problems. Right solutions? Illegal immigration problem? built a wall, people abusing opiods? let's not manufacture them. They haven't suggested complete shut down of that market but cutting down on precription pain relieving medication is drastic and it might not be the end of that solution. Prescription as we all know, means a doctor prescribes and opiods are today one of the best legal ways to relief "extreme" pain. 

The first problem is that on some people it works too well. The Doctors prescribes it because you broke a bone. During the first 10 days you are prescribe opiods to help you have a life instead of being in bed crying from pain. Great so far. The problem occurs on these people that are taken off a pill that took the pain away but they now want to continue feeling with no pain even if there is no pain because now they want to eleiminate our daily human problems. They might convince the doctor to give them some more. The thing is that at some time the doctor will cut off that med. So What is the other problem?

The other problem is, a black market that will manufacure anything from heroin to must oipiods and any other drug. Obviously not regulated. That black market also has the real stuff by people that will sell for good money the pills the doctor prescribed. They will rather deal with the pain of a broken bone but have something else they want or need. That is one of the legs that make the opiod problem move around.

Obviously if you take the opiods away it will solve that problem of people overdosing on them. Just like if you take the cars away there will be no highway deaths or if you take the booze away like it was done during the days of prohibition, then there will be no drunk driving and no deaths related to it. But smart people have recognized that '0 tolerance' is not the way to go.

Simplistic solutions to complex problems are just that, simple are non-workable.

Let me add that the DEA is going by a report from a Presidential Comission on Opiods headed by the Governor and soon to be unemployeed Chris Christie of New Jersey. As a matter a fact Mr. Christie made a trip to see his old pal President Trump to ask for aa declaration of emergency. Funny for people whose ambion is as big as their pants and on the way to nowhere will try to get ahead and pigy back on a serious problem to make it a state of emergency and have him be in charge of such emrgency. Lots of coverage. lots of news to be made.
He did not get the emrgency but someone very important at the White House gave a substitution suggestion to the problem to slow down manufacturing of the drug, which will bring the prices sky high for the real needy user and for the one selling it. People with cancer are feeling just more pain as they learn about this.

"DEA Proposes Cutting Production of Opioid Pain Killers-Someone Hooked on Ice Cream Wants to Stop People Being Hooked on Pain Relievers"

 One drug also coming from a plant we know well helps with pain but is banned by the DEA.  Jeff Session , Attorney General wants to go after users, including those with precriptions with doctors. He also wants to stop doctors precribing in states that marijuana is legal. 


(Reuters) - The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) on Friday proposed a 20 percent reduction in the manufacture of certain commonly prescribed opioid painkillers as well as other controlled substances for next year.

The proposal comes as U.S. regulators and lawmakers take steps to limit the supply of opioids - a class of drugs that include prescription painkillers and heroin - to combat the epidemic of abuse, overdose and addiction.

Under the Controlled Substances Act, which organizes drugs into groups based on risk of abuse or harm, most opioids come under the Schedule II category. The higher the category, the bigger the risk.

Demand for certain Schedule II opioid painkillers including morphine, fentanyl, oxycodone and hydrocodone has dropped after the imposition of measures such as prescription drug monitoring programs, the DEA said.

Still, opioid overdose kills 142 Americans a day, and drug overdoses now surpass deaths caused by gun homicides and car crashes combined, according to a White House commission formed to combat drug addiction and the opioid crisis.

The DEA's proposed production quotas for Schedule I and II substances reflect the amount needed to meet the United States' medical, scientific, industrial, export and reserve requirements, the agency said.

Members of the public can comment on the proposal over the next 30 days.

The DEA recommendation comes about two months after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration took the rare step of asking a drugmaker to withdraw its opioid painkiller from the market, citing the public health crisis. Endo International Plc (ENDP.O) in early July agreed to pull the drug, Opana ER.

Reporting by Natalie Grover in Bengaluru; Editing by Sai Sachin Ravikumar
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